[Mailman-Developers] Legal trouble in Germany

Matthew Davis bigdog at dogpound.vnet.net
Fri Dec 6 17:10:28 2002

* Michael Kallas (michael.kallas@web.de) wrote:
> This has been considered illegal by the Landgericht Berlin:
> > Mailing list subscription confirmation notice for mailing list
> > Mailman-Users
> > 
> > We have received a request from [IP address] for subscription of your
> > email address, "michael.kallas@web.de", to the
> > mailman-users@python.org mailing list.
> [...]
> This court decided (search Google for "16 O 515/02") that it is considered
> to be "unwanted advertisement" (UCE, SPAM) if a businessman gets a mail
> in which he is asked whether he wants to be subscribed to a newsletter.
> It would be the task of the newsletter administrator to prove that the 
> other person really _wanted_ to subscribe.
> Similar rights could be used for private persons, so this affects indeed all
> mailing lists / newsletters.

So turn off the confirmation so you assume if the user clicks the subscribe, they _want_ to be subscribed.

| Matthew Davis /\ http://dogpound.vnet.net/ |
| Friday, December 06, 2002 / 12:09PM      |
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